Saturday, March 27, 2010

Medical Imaging

Is this an incredibly accurate medical tool or is it the most beautiful work of figurative art yet conceived. I can't help imagining what Da Vinci would have made of this technology. A natural scientist with an inquiring mind he studied mastered many fields with the express purpose of producing artworks, he felt paintings were the highest use of this knowledge. Why don't we find these images beautiful and engaging as art pieces?


This is what i would view as a genuine machine drawing. It is not intended as an art object but yet it produces the most honest of all drawings. It has a well defined process and a goal. These drawings concentrate on a certain aspect of the world, studies that, interprets it and produces output that can be utilised in any number of ways. They are a record of time and place and are also aesthetically pleasing.

Killing with kindness

Using the aesthetics of cute to sell an idea. The makers of this very simple robot exploit our need to identify with technology in a human manner n order for us to accept it. They then use this to 'sell' their idea, in this case distribute their literature. Its an odd paradigm, people identify more readily with robot that has human feature yet they are more accepting of being flyered by a robot than a person.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Drawn Together

This is referred to as performance drawing and the output considered as a sort of log of events of the artists movements etc. Surely all drawing is this however. Here hte recording of the event as 'pure data' in the form of a hand produced drawing is the concern.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Frank Eckl-Stitching a Line

This another great collevtion or hacked machines. In this case a childrens sewing machine. The artist talks about the idea of letting accidents occur in order to create the art piece and this is a vital part of art making. However I prefer to look at this piece as documenting the movements of the machine in just the same way the stitches would. What we end up with is a sketch by the sewing machine, maybe a notebook entry of what some proper stitching would look like.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Drawing Out Collaboration

DRAWING OUT is a creative collaboration between RMIT University and the University of the Arts London.

DRAWING OUT is a trans-disciplinary conference. It explores drawing across the boundaries of disciplines. It addresses drawing as a way of thinking and communicating in the twenty-first century. Whoever we are, drawing is part of our everyday and professional lives.

The conference investigates the role of drawing in its widest possibilities, such as physical and virtual drawing; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural practices; digital schemas; fashion templates; architectural and engineering designs; creative writing; media and communications concepts; cartography and scientific schematics; architectural and mathematical modelling; business and financial mapping; legal, educational and political visualisations.

DRAWING OUT engages professional organisations who use drawing in their fundamental practices, including the fields of: Animation and Interactive Media; Architecture; Art; Built Environment; Cartography; Commerce; Communications; Design; Engineering; Fashion; Film; Information Technology; Legal systems; Photography; Sciences; Social Sciences and Textiles.

Key issues addressed in the program will include, but are not limited to:

1 – Drawing in / Drawing is a way of thinking
Drawing as second nature: how do we think openly through drawing?
Drawing as a speculative activity.

2 – Drawing out / Drawing is a way of mapping
After drawing: how is drawing an impetus to other practices?
What opportunities exist for new technologies as a way of mapping our world?

3 – Drawing across / Drawing is a way of communicating
Drawing as a part of general literacy and its relationship to numeracy, writing and measurement.
Drawing as a means of transferring information.

DRAWING OUT will deal with the theories and the practices of drawing through a series of papers, panels and exhibitions that will activate and transform RMIT spaces across the city of Melbourne. It will engage all who are involved in the creation, adoption and adaptation of drawing in its myriad forms and it will enchant those who are intrigued by the art of creation as expressed through drawing. Through workshops it will engage professional organisations that use drawing in their fundamental practices. DRAWING OUT will provide a platform for industry to understand the value of drawing within a range of practices and the value of creative knowledge for our cultural and economic futures.

Doodle Bug

This little doodle bug is great. He just draws wherever he goes, no need for interpretation just an account of his travels.

Monday, March 8, 2010

'Fax' collaborative exhibition exploring the fax machine as drawing tool

Mechanical Practices in Contemporary Drawing Methods

In this blog my aim is to explore the methods currently being employed by artists exploring their practice through the use of drawing. I wish to explore the areas of mechanical drawing methods, repetitive mark making, doodling and automatic drawing. I wish to explore this in regards to advances in drawing machines and in particular the use of robotics. I'll start this blog with a first example of Fernando Orellanas work, as visited the University recently and gave a very inspireing workshop and lecture. I would also view my enquiries as reactionary to this style of drawing.